Oil and gas


Climate of Resistance: Ensure companies cover the costs of orphaned wells

BY: - June 3, 2021

History will judge this generation primarily on its response to climate change, and so far it’s failing. Average temperatures on Earth are rising, and the warming trend is accelerating. The warmest two years on record are 2020 and 2016, and the last seven years are the warmest seven years on record, according to NASA, which […]


Our health demands action on methane

BY: - May 27, 2021

It’s time for our elected congressional leaders to step up and take meaningful action to improve our health. With just one vote, Colorado’s delegation can either acknowledge that methane emissions are the leading culprits in greenhouse gasses and therefore a profound threat to our public health, or they can turn a blind eye and allow […]


Why Coloradans should care about Senate Bill 200

BY: - May 12, 2021

In January, Gov. Jared Polis set forth a climate roadmap for Colorado. Now, he is threatening to veto the very legislation required to meet his goals. This should raise the eyebrows of every Coloradan — particularly those who voted for him. The backstory: In 2019, fresh off a wave of new elections, Democrats introduced House […]

Colorado weighs new bonding rules to address ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

BY: - April 5, 2021

Just before he departed as director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2018, Matt Lepore likened the potential threat of thousands of abandoned wells across the state to a “hurricane sitting offshore.” “You know it’s out there, and you know it’s coming ashore,” Lepore said at the time. “You just don’t know if […]

‘This is our Flint’: Colorado environmental activists call for investigation following whistleblower complaint

BY: - April 2, 2021

A coalition of environmental and community groups who have spent years pressuring Colorado’s health department to crack down on air pollution say that the allegations contained in a federal whistleblower complaint this week painted a picture of the agency that’s even worse than they feared. “This is a huge, huge deal,” said Jeremy Nichols, climate […]

Increases in royalties paid by oil and gas producers, lease rates targeted in Biden review

BY: - March 26, 2021

Interior Department officials indicated Thursday the Biden administration would change some federal oil and gas policies in an effort to roll back the aggressive fossil fuel agenda of former President Donald Trump.  Interior leaders at an online forum said that rates the oil and gas industry pays for leasing, royalties and bonding could be due […]

Four big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

BY: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy.  Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]

Charting COVID-19’s unequal impact on Colorado workers, one year later

BY: - March 17, 2021

It’s been one year since Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order shuttering bars, restaurants and entertainment venues went into effect across Colorado, beginning the state’s longest and most restrictive period of economic shutdowns, caused by the coronavirus. It would still be weeks before Congress passed key relief measures like supplemental unemployment benefits and the Paycheck […]

Haaland confirmation vote for Interior on tap despite GOP opposition

BY: - March 10, 2021

The Senate is expected to vote within days on the confirmation of U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, despite procedural barriers Republicans from Montana and Wyoming announced Tuesday. Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming placed holds on Haaland’s nomination, meaning the chamber now must take an […]

Senate panel advances Deb Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

BY: - March 4, 2021

Deb Haaland has moved a step closer to becoming the first Native American to serve as a federal Cabinet secretary, with a Senate committee on Thursday advancing her nomination to lead the Department of the Interior.


Weld wants to secede to Wyoming? Let’s think this through.

BY: - February 17, 2021

Oh no, Colorado’s Weld County wants to move north again. According to the Associated Press, Colorado’s Weld County, the state’s fracking epicenter, has once again had enough of us freedom-hating scoundrels living to the south of them. They’re tired of our belly-aching about air quality. If you want pickups and diesel fuel, you gotta have […]


Value of wildlife and wild lands now recognized in Colorado

BY: - February 16, 2021

For decades, fish and wildlife in Colorado were given only secondary consideration in the oil and gas permitting process, which was designed to “foster” the development of the industry. This system bolstered a small subset of our economy — according to Common Cause fewer than 30,000 jobs in Colorado are directly tied to oil and […]